Welcome to the November update!
I suppose I am late again but that's because I was waiting for good and important games to be played. Unfortunately the wait proved to be mainly in vain and although there are some rather attractive games this month they are not of enormous theoretical importance. Let's hope that the numerous tournaments over the festive period will make up for this.
We kick off this month with Bagaturov - Golubev which was full of fireworks (as most Golubev games are) but Black should have won the ending after his brilliant middlegame attack,
which started here with a sac on g4.
Zotnikov - Gallagher is not a recent game but one of my best King's Indians which I feel should be included on the site. It makes me feel better after the Korchnoi game (below) and having a quiet month like this seemed like a good excuse.
In Filgueira - Ricardi Black's neat queen sacrifice proved too much for White too handle.
In Kretetchov - Kachyian Black used his king brilliantly even if the opening is somewhat suspect.
Next comes Korchnoi - Gallagher, a game which I would prefer to keep under wraps but I feel morally obliged to share with you. Anyway the great King's Indian hater truly stuffed me!
Gyimesi - Timoschenko was an interesting Bayonet Attack with 9...Nh5:
where White let slip a very promising position with one careless move.
Finally, in Pelletier - Hjartarson White persevered with the 9 Bg5:
that he recently suffered a reversal with. This was played in last weekend's Bundesliga and normally I would be able to pick my team colleague Yannick Pelletier's brains on the journey home but not this time as he disappeared off into the German countryside after the game. Hjartarson did not select the most critical line for Black.
It just remains for me to wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!